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State Folklife Program Seeks Traditional Artists in BR

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, July 22, 2013

The Baton Rouge Folklife Survey is an initiative of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, a state agency. Since 1979, the Prgram has initiated projects to identify and document Louisiana's traditional cultures and art forms and share information about their traditions and art forms with the general public. Very little research has focused on Baton Rouge, so it is our current project.

Funded in part with a new NEA grant, folklorists will document community traditions, art forms, and events and then provide essays and photographs to be added to the Folklife in Louisiana website (

They will also help identify the following:

  • Organizations: groups that may want to apply for a grant to support arts activities or other cultural endeavors.
  • Tradition-bearers: people who are maintaining traditions that have been in their community or family for many years, such as music, crafts, sacred traditions, occupational traditions, foodways, celebrations, or holidays.
  • Community spokespeople: people who might like to participate in the statewide arts network or receive information about resources and opportunities.
  • Artifacts: items or displays that could be featured in a temporary museum exhibit in the future. The item might be loaned or recreated, such as an altar or handmade crafts.


For more information, please contact Maida Owens, Louisiana Folklife Program.




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